2010 Honor Book
"The summer of 1899 is hot in Calpurnia's sleepy Texas town, and there aren't a lot of good ways to stay cool. Her mother has a new wind machine from town, but Callie might just have to resort to stealthily cutting off her hair, one sneaky inch at a time. She also spendsa lot of time at the river with her grandfather, an avid naturalist. It turns out that every drop of river water is teeming with life - all you have to do is look through a microscope! As Callie explores the natural world around her, she develops a close relationship with her grandfather, navigates the dangers of living with six brothers, and learns just what it means to be a girl at the turn of the century."
What a sweet book! What was most sweet was the relationship that developed between Callie and her grandpa, because they had a mutual love of science. He was the only one in her family who truly understood her and appreciated her for who she was. Being that this was the turn of the century, her parents expected her to spend her time knitting, embroidering, cooking, etc - none of which interested her. She wanted to be a scientist! Her grandfather was the only one that encouraged her and told her that she could do anything she set her mind to!